Betting on AFL has grown significantly thanks to Covid and it’s one of the most popular sports in Australia for punters to bet on, with millions of dollars invested.
There are a stack of ways for punters to bet on AFL, whether you fancy the stock standard regular options, or going out wide in search for value, so down below are the different types of betting options for horse racing.
Head To Head Bet
This bet sees a market on the two teams and who will win. An example of this would be Brisbane Lions against Carlton Blues, with $1.50 odds against $2.50 odds. If you place $10 on Brisbane to win, you’ll get a return of $15. If the game ends in a draw, during the regular season, that dividend will be halved.
This is a betting option where the bookmaker handicaps the match. An example of this is the bookmaker will consider a team 10.5 points better than the oppoising team, so with that, the punter can back the team will win by more than 10.5 points, or the other option is backing the other team to lose by 10.5 punters or under, or win the match. As an example, putting $10 on a team to win by more than 10.5 and cover the line at $1.90, you will collect $19.
This is where punters can back the winning margin on a game between the two teams. Margin betting is available on the major sporting codes, including the AFL. The usual margin betting for the AFL is 1-39 or 40+, so you can back a team between 1 and 39 points, or back a team to win by 40 or more points. There are other margin betting options which are more specific, to the point where you can back a team to win by an exact margin. For example, if you bet on a team to win by 1-39 at $2.30 and place a $10 bet, you will collect $23.
Total Points Unders/Overs Bet
The vast majority of bookmakers will have the betting option of total points and will set a specific number. Then punters can bet on whether the game will have more points than that number, or lower. It’s generally close to $2 odds for either option depending on the teams playing and weather conditions. Some bookmakers will also bet on other total points markets and offer odds on specific total points options. An example of this bet is putting $10 on Under 187 points for the match at $1.90 and the total points is 180, the punter will collect $19.
First Goal Scorer Bet
This is a betting option where the punter needs to find the first goal scorer for the match. Generally the key forwards are the players shorter in the market but there is value to be found if you find a half forward or a midfielder that can go forward and kick the first goal. This is a popular betting option, especially in the Grand Final. An example of this bet is putting $10 on Charlie Cameron to be the first goal scorer at $7, you will collect $70.
Most Disposals Bet
This option sees punters bet on who will get the most disposals/touches in the match. There are several options to bet, whether it be across both teams, most disposals for a specific team and their players. You can also bet on players to get certain disposals, which can range from 10+ disposals to upwards of 25+ disposals. An example of thus type of bet is putting $10 on Lachie Neale to get 25+ disposals at odds of $2 and he does, you’ll collect $20.
First Scoring Play Bet
This gives punters the option to bet on what type of score will be the first for the match. That can be a goal or a behind, and there are options as to whether you can bet on a specific team to be the first scorer with a goal or behind, or the overall match to which score will be first no matter what the team.
Same Game Multi Bet
The same game multi is the most popular form of betting across the AFL. This where you can combine multiple selections together to enhance your price.
This is a form of betting which is popular because you don’t need to outlay too much to potentially win big. You can add as much as 25 legs to a same game multi, and add legs from both teams, which will ensure a bigger divided.
Premiership Winner Bet
Futures betting is always popular with sports and the best futures market for the AFL is the premiership. It is opened generally the day after the Grand Final for the previous year and it’s usually the premiership winners that head the futures market for the following season. For example, if you put $10 on Geelong to win the Premiership and they win the Grand Final, you will collect $40.
Brownlow Medal Bet
The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the best and fairest player across the competition for the regular season, as voted by the umpires. It is usually won by a midfielder but given there are a stack of midfielders in the AFL, there are a stack of options for punters to back, and also keep in mind that a player will become ineligible for the medal if he gets suspended. An example of this bet will see the punter collect $50 if they put $10 on Clayton Olver at $5.